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Ford has been circling the drains in quality rankings by customers in recent years, mainly due to issues with its MyFord Touch in-car infotainment system. The touchscreen-based interface has drawn the ire of many drivers and automobile reviewers alike, and the auto manufacturer has done much of the past few years to address lingering performance and usability issues. Drivers have experienced frequent system reboots, frozen screens, and poorly-responding haptic controls — not something that driver wants to experience while the vehicle is in motion. Ford has rolled out a slew of updates to address these shortcomings, and has even taken steps to bring back physical buttons and knobs on some models... Read more...
Satellite radio is about to become an even more integrated experience in new Ford vehicles. The automaker has announced plans to become the first in the industry to launch MySMX and SiriusXM On Demand alongside satellite radio in vehicles. For the first time ever, subscribers will be able to control SiriusXM Internet Radio programming and listen to SiriusXM's personalized commercial-free music channels using their vehicle's in-dash radio. It's essentially an extension of what has been possible before for subscribers, tying in some nice interplay with smartphones. Ford drivers will be the first to enjoy access to the MySXM and SiriusXM On Demand features of SiriusXM Internet Radio alongside satellite... Read more...
BitTorrent remains alive and well while many of its P2P competitors have bit the dust in recent years, but the company is not sitting around simply hoping it can avoid the same fate; instead, BitTorrent is evolving, working hard on new products and technologies including Live Streaming, sharing large files directly to Facebook friends, and most recently, a tool that enables users to synchronize files between their computers via “secure, distributed technology.” “Sync”, as the new service will be called, sounds a lot like the sort of sync capabilities offered by cloud storage services such as Dropbox offer, but without the cloud storage element; in other words, your files... Read more...
In-car entertainment and information is finally getting with the program. Ford has just announced performance upgrades and new features for MyFord Touch beginning with 2013 models, but perhaps more importantly, no-charge upgrade will be available to existing owners. The new system will feature simpler graphics that are easier to use and that's exactly what Ford plans to deliver with a broad set of performance upgrades to the system – launching first on the new 2013 Ford Escape, Flex, and Taurus. Available early next year – and also offered at no charge to existing MyFord Touch owners – the software upgrade enhances the ownership experience as it was developed by listening and... Read more...
Car maker Ford has been increasing its tech cred for some time now by adding to its SYNC in-car connectivity innovations. From hands-free calling to navigation to in-car WiFi to music streaming, Ford is building a compelling suite of services into its vehicles. Now, lovable open source hardware and software maker Bug Labs is partnering with Ford to create the OpenXC platform. Announced today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, OpenXC is an in-car research platform that both parties hope will entice the open source community to do what it does best: fiddle, tinker, discuss, and innovate. According to the press release, OpenXC “transforms the car into a plug-and-play platform where interchangeable... Read more...
We have no idea how to say "awesome" in Russian, Japanese or French, but your SYNC system probably will in due time. It's a little like The Matrix, but with your car in place of Neo. Ford has just announced that their SYNC system will expand its vocabulary from three to 19 languages, with the new tongues to be available first in Europe in 2012 with introduction in the Ford Focus. What's crazy about this is that SYNC is a voice-controlled system. That means that SYNC will have to understand and report in 19 languages -- that definitely wasn't easy to code. With the additional 16 vernaculars, Ford will offer voice recognition capability, powered by Nuance Communications, in more languages than... Read more...
If there's one automotive company that's really making a play to integrate with those on the cutting-edge of tech, it's Ford. The company made a big stand when they announced that Microsoft's SYNC system would be behind their in-car NAV and entertainment options, and that has been rapidly branching out ever since. This week, the SYNC AppLink is making its debut. It's an industry-first software application that gives SYNC users hands-free voice control of their smartphone apps, and it's available now for Ford Fiesta owners. Pandora internet radio, Stitcher news radio and OpenBeak are the first SYNC-enabled mobile apps, some of which can be downloaded today from Android Market and BlackBerry App... Read more...
Now this...this is progress! With some of the legacy automakers lagging behind in quite a few areas, Ford is hoping to turn the tables by using a commonplace technology in order to better equip their SYNC vehicles. The idea? To install Wi-Fi access points in their assembly lines in order to beam updates, maps and up-to-date firmwares to vehicles as they roll down the line. This move obviously makes assembling the vehicle quicker, but more importantly, it assures consumers that their vehicle will arrive with the most up-to-date version of the SYNC software. Having to manually install these updates is extremely time consuming, and one has to believe that Ford would allow longer gaps to go between... Read more...
This is the piece that we have been waiting for: true Google Maps integration with vehicles. We thought it would take quite a bit longer than this for it to finally happen, but somehow Ford has enabled it to work using their existing SYNC Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app. The reason this is exciting is twofold; one, factory navigation systems are usually not as fantastic as a Google Maps system, and two, it's a lot easier to pull up directions in Google Maps than to plug something in a vehicle. By allowing Google Maps to be sent to a factory navigation system, it's like installing a piece of Google right into a system you already own. Ford has been continually improving their SYNC... Read more...
The Jetsons made us confident that we would one day talk to our vehicles, and while we expected to be flying around in spaceships by this point, talking to cars will work as a concession. Ford has enabled drivers to speak to their automobiles for awhile now through Microsoft's SYNC system, but to this point, all of the chatter was simply controlling the car's internal systems. What if you could speak to your car, and have the car control something else? It's a crazy thought, but it's happening on every 2011 Ford with SYNC.It will start with the 2011 Fiesta, which will be the first vehicle equipped with SYNC AppLink. This new system allows owners to access and control Android and BlackBerry smartphone... Read more...
SugarSync announced a new version of its SugarSync file synchronization software that is designed for the Apple iPad. This iPad app provides instant remote access to all of your data including photos, music, and other files. All files are backed up to the SugarSync cloud and instantly available from any SugarSync app—whether that be on your Mac, PC, smartphone, iPad, or other compatible device. SugarSync Brings Your Data to the iPad All Your Files, Photos and Music Available Instantly at Your Fingertips, Plus Stream Music from Your Desktop SAN MATEO, Calif.--SugarSync Inc., makers of the award-winning SugarSync file sync, backup and file sharing service, today announced that the company’s native... Read more...
Let's see: we enjoy cars, and we enjoy Wi-Fi. So what's stopping us from enjoying them both at the same time? Just a small piece of hardware and a cell tower. We've already witnessed General Motors partner up with Autonet Mobile to bring more hotspots into its vehicle lineup, and as any true rival would, Ford is today pressing back with a similar announcement of its own.Forecasted number suggest that by 2016, 62 million global consumers will have Internet in their cars, and it's rollouts like this that'll help that become a reality. Ford Motor Company will soon be fully introducing the second generation of its SYNC in-car connectivity system, which will enable motorists to plug their mobile WWAN... Read more...
Google Sync has enabled many users to synchronize their Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with their iPhone, Windows Mobile, and S60 devices. Although many people are pleased with Google Sync, there's one thing that has been missing until now: support for Gmail. Today, Google added Gmail support to Google Sync. As a result of this new feature, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Windows Mobile device users will now be able to enjoy push email. With an over-the-air, always-on connection, you'll know your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Because Sync works with your phone's native email application, you won't need any additional software. For users who prefer the ultimate... Read more...
At initial glance, you’re probably wondering why an SD to CF adapter is cool. Well, until recently, cameras and other devices that accepted SD had this cool little card called the Eye-Fi that brought Wi-Fi capabilities to the device. Now, thanks to Synchrotech’s new adapter, CF users can get in on the fun too. Best of all, it’ll only cost you $28 (before taxes, shipping, and any other random fees).   This adapter accepts the following media types: Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD Cards SD SDHC MultiMediaCard MMC +Plus   With this adapter, you’ll get the best of both worlds: You can have Wi-Fi, yet still use high performance UDMA CF cards when Wi-Fi isn’t needed. Given that many high end D-SLRs and some... Read more...
The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very recently. In the last year or so we have seen the first 24" screens to dip below the $400 mark appear on the market. The products in this new category of value oriented 24" screens almost universally combine a large and cheap TN panel with a basic monitor housing and stand to produce a cost effective product. While these value oriented 24" monitors offer large... Read more...
The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very recently. In the last year or so we have seen the first 24" screens to dip below the $400 mark appear on the market. The products in this new category of value oriented 24" screens almost universally combine a large and cheap TN panel with a basic monitor housing and stand to produce a cost effective product. While these value oriented 24" monitors offer large... Read more...
For each type of product and in each market, there is usually a specific price segment that will provide the best value proposition for consumers, often known as the 'sweet spot'. For quite some time, the 19" widescreen was the sweet spot of the consumer LCD monitor market. Hovering between the cheaper but aging 17" screens and the expensive but only slightly larger 20" screens, the 19" widescreen LCD provided the best value for a long time. However, in the last 8-10 months, LCD monitor production has increased and the price of LCD panels has fallen dramatically. The 20" screens which once seemed like such a poor value proposition, costing up to $100 more than 19" screens despite only... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we look at one of the latest additions to the 22" LCD monitor market segment, the Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW Wide Screen LCD.  While the Samsung 2243BW may be aimed at business use, its specifications suggest that it should be capable of quite a bit more than just spreadsheets and word documents. With good viewing angles, a decent 5ms response time, good brightness and an excellent 1000:1 static contrast ratio, the 2243BW should be well equipped to handle any multimedia thrown its way. The 2243BW is actually has slightly better specifications than the wildly popular Samsung 226BW, which is one of the most widely and highly recommended 22" monitors.  Click the link... Read more...
Google Calendar is great, but wouldn't it be great if you could sync your Google Calendar events with your Outlook calendar at work? Well, maybe not, it might give an idea of just how busy your life really is.I've suffered major headaches trying to sync all my calendars. I used the Microsoft Outlook calendar on my desktop computer at home, but since I wanted to be able to access my schedule from anywhere, I also kept a copy of it on Google Calendar. When I traveled, I'd import my Google Calendar data into my laptop's Outlook calendar so I could access it offline. This was not only annoying to maintain, but also quite error-prone. If I made updates on any of the copies of my calendar, I had to... Read more...
Download squad has an amusing -- and spot-on -- list of the 5 most annoying programs on your PC. It's delightfully vicious about its bloatware choices, and unlike many such lists, it isn't just some fanboi attacking software from one vendor.  Its choice at number 1 is Acrobat Reader, which is hard to argue with. Who among us has not done the "Acrobat cringe" when you accidentally click a .pdf link?Acrobat reader does one thing poorly -- read PDFs. To do this it needs to download updates at least twice a month. Acrobat's other big feature is the ability to bring your system to a roaring halt while it boots up its massive amount of plugins and libraries. All this to display (wait for it) --... Read more...
Corsair Partners with Tier One Motherboard Manufacturers to Enable the New NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Platform -- Equipped with the world's fastest DDR2 memory from Corsair, motherboard makers unleash the power of dual channel DDR2 performance for the new NVIDIA chipset for Intel -- Fremont, CA (April 15, 2005) -CorsairMemory, Inc.,a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today is pleased to announce launch partnerships with tier-one Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers for the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset. First to market with both the industry's lowest latency and highest clock speed memory modules, Corsair... Read more...
Hey there everyone, JeffB stepping in with your Thursday morning news update.  We've got a shootout between an AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon as well as a good looking Samsung LCD.  If you are in the market for a laptop, Designtechnica has a look at a Gateway M210XL.  For more on how to select the right laptop for you, check out our Buyer's Guide here. DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard @ Bigbruin.com: "There is no end to the amount of tweaking you are allowed on this board. With very minor effort and time, I was able to get a FSB of 300 MHz at a multiplier of 8 for a CPU frequency of 2400 MHz. With some time spent, this board will go much higher, although this particular... Read more...
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